Russian-Ukrainian conflict is influencing every economic aspect…
USD starts the week with gains
- Poor US data, slow vaccine distribution, rising virus cases worsened the market sentiment and underpinned safe-haven currencies like the USD, and JPY.
- As for the vaccine, European countries reported a delay in Pfizer’s vaccine deliveries. They are receiving significantly fewer doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine than expected.
- US Core retail sales came out much worse than the forecast. Sales dropped by 1.4%, while the estimate was only -0.1%. It marked the third decline in a row.
- Unlike the US and EU, China encouraged investors with better-than-expected GDP and industrial output reports. Notably, China’s economy exceeded its pre-pandemic growth rates.
EUR/USD steeply plunged, but the support of the 50-day moving average in combination with the 61.8% Fibonacci level at 1.2070 stopped the pair. A short pullback to the upside is expected. If it finally manages to break this level, the way down to the key psychological mark of 1.2000 just above the 50.0% Fibo level will be open. Resistance levels are 1.2150 and 1.2200.
GBP/USD is edging lower towards the one-week low at 1.3500. The pair shouldn’t break it on the first try. However, if it moves below this level, the doors towards the lower trendline and the 50-day moving average at 1.3420 will be open.
Gold takes a break after a steep decline and moves sideways in the $1 825-1 865 range. The 50-period moving average has already crossed the 100-period MA and now it is approaching the 200-period MA to make the second dead cross. Therefore, we can assume that gold will fall further to the next support of $1 800, once it breaks below the support of $1 825.
Finally, let’s discuss the aussie. The risk-off sentiment pressed AUD/USD below 0.7700. The pair has already crossed two moving averages and isn’t likely to stop. If it drops below the low of January 4 at 0.7650, the way down to the psychological mark of 0.7600 will be clear. Resistance levels are 0.7740 and 0.7800.
Follow the speech of Bank of England's Governor Bailey at 15:30 MT time.
Last week was full of surprises! The US dollar plunged despite a better-than-expected retail sales report…
Last week was very interesting for the markets, as we saw the releases of the US Inflation and Disney’s earnings report. So let's see what we should await this week!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.